Bike Test: Redline Proline Pro

Words and Photo: James Ayres

Tested by: Brandon Nicholls (Systems Web/TLD)

Age: 17

Height: 5' 10″

Weight: 185 lbs.

Number of years riding: 10

Accomplishments: 1999 ABA Number One Amateur, 2001 NAG #2 15 Expert

Complete bike price: $329.99

Finishes available: Yellow, red

Weight: 25 lbs.

Head tube angle: 74 degrees

Seat tube angle: 70 degrees

Top tube length: 21″

Chainstay length: 15.30″

Bottom bracket height: 12.15″

Wheelbase: 38″

Components:

Frame: Redline Proline Pro, 6061 aluminum

Forks: Redline, 1-1/8″ butted chromoly, threadless

Headset: Cane Creek

Bars: Redline Pro, two-piece chromoly, 8″ rise

Stem: Redline Flight

Grips: Redline Freaky-G dual-density w/bar ends

Brakes: ProMax, alloy, CNC-machined

Brake lever: ProMax, alloy, CNC-machined

Seat: Redline, 7mm rails

Seat post: Redline micro-adjust, alloy

Seat post clamp: Redline Flight, single-bolt

Pedals: Redline platforms, alloy, chromoly axles, replaceable pins

Cranks: Redline Proline chromoly three-piece, 180mm

Bottom bracket: Redline sealed cartridge bearing

Sprocket: Redline Flight, 44 tooth

Freewheel: 16 tooth

Chain: KMC Z-30, 3/32″, chrome

Rims: Alex 7X23F, 36-spoke, black w/machined sidewalls

Hubs: Redline Flight, alloy mid-flange, 3/8″ axles, unsealed

Tires: Tioga Comp IIIs: Front: 2.125″, Rear: 1.75″

Extras: Two Redline chain tensioners, Redline Flight padset and RL numberplate

How it rode

The bike was a little shorter than what I'm used to, but I adapted to it after a few laps. It handled pretty well. With the short back end, it carved turns pretty well and was quick out of the gate. I didn't have any problems getting it going.

Likes

I liked that it came with three-piece cranks and chain tensioners. The stem seemed pretty trick, the way it was machined out. Everything held up well; the wheelset was nice, and everything seemed pretty trick for being an out-of-the-box bike.

Dislikes

Nothing.

Did anything bend or break?

Nope. It held up pretty well for the riding that I did.

Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?

Nothing; everything stayed tight.

If it were your bike, what would you change?

I'd put on a longer stem to give me more room up front. I'd probably change the tires, too–I've ridden the same brand of tires for the past three years, and I'm really used to those.

What did you ride?

Cutting Edge track in Ontario, California.

RATING: 9

Pull Quote:

I liked the fact that out of the box, the bike was race-ready. Buy a few numbers for the plate and you're ready to go.

RESULTS BOX QUOTE:

This is the only bike on the market that is truly ready to race right out of the box. The bike has a true “factory” look with Redline’s co-sponsor's stickers. For $330, this thing's a steal.

BUY IF:

You need a sweet mid-to-expert-level race bike that rides as good as it looks.

SKIP IF:

You just want a bike to hit up trails or cruise around on; this is definitely not a neighborhood thrasher.